RDT’s Rural Hospitals aim is to provide quality health care to the poor and needy at an affordable cost.
Hospital of Infectious Diseases
In the 70’s, the rural poor had no access to quality healthcare and government hospitals. Transportation was lacking, and medical services in rural towns were far-off and inadequate. The prevailing issues at the time were diarrhoea, snake-bite related issues, Polio, Measles, Malaria and Encephalitis. Good practices in gynaecology and obstetrics were also particularly lacking.
RDT’s hospital network has the only MGIT Liquid culture machine for the culture of TB in Andhra Pradesh
RDT’s Anti-Retroviral Centre is the only centre in AP after Hyderabad to have the facility of screening viral load of HIV patients
Health education for diabetic patients commenced with simple literature on diet-management in Telugu
Glucometers given to chronic diabetes patients to monitor sugar levels at home
Conducted 7 dental-health camps in a perimeter of 25 kilometres covering 414 patients
Twice-yearly health check-ups conducted for children with Cerebral Palsy and Intellectual Disabilities in Kuderu hospita
RDTs work began in the mid-70s with training young men in the basics of hygiene, nutrition, sanitation, preventive practices and general health to work as CHWs. Today RDT has 4 major hospitals, 6 rural clinics, 2 mobile clinics and other special-care centres to administer treatment for basic to advanced ailments and infectious diseases.
Services Provided by RDT’s Hospital Network
The rural poor of the district have now got unfettered access to a full range of treatment facilities. Over and above this, our hospitals also offer alternative therapies in Homeopathy, Unani and Acupuncture. Our services include:
Medical & Surgical Departments
Doctors are kept abreast of latest techniques and advancements in their field. RDT has a medical library, and an education-sponsorship programme for its paramedic staff and all of RDTs doctors, nurses and administrators. Some of the continuing education initiatives include Diploma of National Board (DNB) post-graduation courses, rural placements for skills refreshment, Tele-medicine modules, CME (Continuing Medical Education) and workshops by expert speakers.
Padmavathi, aged 25 years, of Bramhasamudram Mandal in Ananthapuram became pregnant for the third time, and came for regular antenatal check-ups. The condition of both mother and child was normal. For delivery she was brought to RDT hospital, Kalyandurg and horrified to find by then, that she had a ruptured uterus and bladder. Being grossly anaemic, six bottles of blood were infused, and she was operated upon on an emergency basis. She lost her baby, and her uterus was removed as it was irreparable, but her bladder was mended through surgery. “I never thought that she would survive, and her case is among the most challenging ones I have worked on”-